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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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The authors of this 18-page article discuss their efforts to explore the implications of using rich mathematical tasks and promoting mathematical discourse, as proposed in the NCTM's teaching standards. While team-teaching in a third grade class, they analyzed the relative merits and challenges of presenting children with convergent and divergent tasks. The article includes anecdotes to illustrate the kinds of thinking and communication that children engaged in, and the empowerment they exhibited, as they explored questions about negative numbers and regrouping in subtraction.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
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This interactive Flash puzzle helps children develop number sense and an understanding of our decimal number system. A 0-99 square has been cut into 11 irregular pieces which the user re-assembles. A printable (pdf) version is included along with questions for Getting Started and a Teachers' Resources page with implementation suggestions.
Activity, Instructional Strategy
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This FAQ page from the Teacher2Teacher service at The Math Forum @ Drexel contains links to many resources offering ideas for celebrating the 100th Day of School. Resources include T2T discussions, children's literature, teacher resource books, and web sites.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This 8-page article from Teaching Children Mathematics discusses how overgeneralizing commonly accepted practices, using imprecise vocabulary, and relying on tips and tricks that do not promote conceptual mathematical understanding can lead to misunderstanding later in students’ math careers. The authors provide a table of some "expired" mathematical language and suggest more appropriate alternatives.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
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This 46-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 1 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K and 2-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 1
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support first grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The activities were designed to measure students' ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. Resources are listed for specific grade 1 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 1
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This page hosts a collection of geometric tasks in pdf format that are aligned to the CCSS standards 1.G1 through 1.G3. It also has links to supplementary literature and learning materials.
Activity, Problem Set, Image Set
Grade Level: 1
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This problem with multiple solutions offers an opportunity for students to practice simple addition and subtraction, work with number sentences (equations), and develop systematic work habits. Given cards containing the addition, subtraction and equal signs along with the digits 2, 4, 6, and 8. solvers are challenged to find as many ways as possible to arrange some or all seven cards to create true statements. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, printable cards (pdf) and a link to an interactive Flash applet.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2
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This blog page offers more than 25 activities and games that use a Hundred Chart to develop students' skills and concepts in a variety of math topics: basic operations, number sense, patterns, number theory, fractions, decimals, and logic. The suggestions include links to materials and to other websites.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This 34-page document (pdf) identifies student learning outcomes for each of eleven 21st Century Skills and provides examples of tasks for grade 4, 8, and 12. It strives to fuse mathematical content and mathematical practices with the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) and integrate them with interdisciplinary themes. Each skill is aligned with CCSS mathematical practices. This map was designed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and dozens of math educators across the country.
Activity, Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
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